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Yip 1 Stacey Yip Professor Michael Monteon DOC 1: Diversity, Section B02 18 October 2009 Journal 3: Racial Formation In “Racial Formation” by Michael Omi and Howard Winant, they tackle the different theories of race in the United States and discuss their own theory called racial formation. Omi and Winant first look back at American history and critique the theories of race from the past. They mention the “Great Chain of Being,” a hierarchy of power with God at the top and branches into different races. They also mention that race was thought to be biological, that this theory of essentialism meant that race had to do with biological characteristics rather than mere physical appearances. Omi and Winant, however, argue that these theories are wrong. They believe that race is a sociohistorical concept, and should be dealt with separately, apart from class and gender. They use the term racialization to explain that racial identifies are produced from “previously racially unclassified relationship[s], social practice[s], or group[s]” (48). Omi and Winant further their argument by providing an in-depth explanation of their theory of racial formation. They argue that this concept is based off of two different levels: the micro- and
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